is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in
reverence of all them that are about him. Ps. 89:7
Another precious grace that should be
carefully cherished is reverence. True reverence for God is inspired by a sense
of His infinite greatness and a realization of His presence. With this sense of
the Unseen the heart of every child should be deeply impressed. The hour and
place of prayer and the services of public worship the child should be taught
to regard as sacred because God is there. And as reverence is manifested in
attitude and demeanor, the feeling that inspires it will be deepened.
Well would it be for young and old to
study and ponder and often repeat those words of Holy Writ that show how the
place marked by God's special presence should be regarded.
"Put off thy shoes from off thy
feet," He commanded Moses at the burning bush; "for the place whereon
thou standest is holy ground."
Jacob, after beholding the vision of the
angels, exclaimed, "The Lord is in this place; and I knew it not."
Humility and reverence should
characterize the deportment of all who come into the presence of God. In the
name of Jesus we may come before Him with confidence, but we must not approach
Him with the boldness of presumption, as though He were on a level with ourselves.
There are those who address the great and all-powerful and holy God, who
dwelleth in light unapproachable, as they would address an equal, or even an
inferior. There are those who conduct themselves in His house as they would not
presume to do in the audience chamber of an earthly ruler. These should
remember that they are in His sight whom seraphim adore, before whom angels
veil their faces. God is greatly to be reverenced; all who truly realize His
presence will bow in humility before Him.
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